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garber filter gauge reading

Patchogue Phil_2
Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
At what reading on the gauge indicates it is time to change the filter?  Gauge reads from 0 to 30.  Burner is Beckett AFG with 0.85 nozzle,  if that affects the answer.

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  • Coany
    Coany Member Posts: 91
    above 10 inches

    with a .85 nozzle you should be good for two years.



    firing rate above 1 gallon or a two-pipe system , change it every year.
    " Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" Teddy Roosevelt
  • R Mannino
    R Mannino Member Posts: 440
    It Depends

    whether the system is one pipe or two.
  • Jim Hankinson
    Jim Hankinson Member Posts: 99
    Garber filter

    The filter is normally replaced when the running vacuum is 4-5" above clean filter vacuum. Once you reach that point the vacuum increases progressively faster.
  • Patchogue Phil_2
    Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
    Thanks

    Thanks for the replies.  It is a one pipe system.  Gauge gets up to 15 on a long firing run.  Time for a new one.
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    or it could be

    time to blow/flush the oil supply line
  • Patchogue Phil_2
    Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
    Good reminder

    I was thinking that a clog could be a possibility.  After a new filter, if gauge still reads high a blow-out will be done.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,712
    Second Filter

    You can instal a second vacuum gauge on the Garber filter ... It would save you time in the future ... If the readings between the two are different , the filter is dirty . If readings are the same , supply before the filter shows signs of restriction ...
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • Patchogue Phil_2
    Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
    Two?

    Where does the extra gauge mount?  Tee'd just before the filter?  The one I have already,  is on top of the outlet side of the filter housing.
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    gauge

    Is the filter burner mounted, or at the tank? 1 should be enough I think. 
  • OilsBetter
    OilsBetter Member Posts: 14
    just change it.

    Save your money on the fittings and gauges and change it out yearly when the rest of the tune up is complete.

    These filters aren't particularly expensive. Why go through all the hassle? Also i disagree with the general assumption of change out times of the filter by nozzle size. Nothing about the type of system was mentioned. Fuel passing through the filter will vary greatly on whether or not it is on a furnace, boiler with tankless, boiler without tankless, oil fired water heater, or any combination of them.
  • Patchogue Phil_2
    Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
    more info

    Filter is mounted right at the burner.



    I'm not looking to drag out the replacement time.  Thinking more in line to the gauge rise indicating gunk buildup,  and what reading indicates it is time to change the filter.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,712
    edited April 2010
    Garber

    Two 1/8" taps on top of filter ...A extra $10 for a second gauge... I am a believer of less touched less problems ...



    Wait a second ,I just noticed the second tap is gone off the Garber or where they on he Westwood ?
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,712
    Vacuum

    Above 5"........ after 5" the gases pulled out of the oil start to multiply
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,712
    Filter location

    Filters really belong near the oil tank .. Oil Burner 101... Tank should be pitched to valve and legs high enough to hard pipe in a filter . To prevent sludge , prolong tank life , protect the whole system , less service and easy maintenance ...
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385
    filter location

    It might be a System 2000. The Smart filter set up is at the burner, that's why i asked. There should be a General at the tank to keep the line clean, rarely installers do that though.
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557
    You know the saying

    The shoemaker's kids have no shoes, mechanics drive the worst cars.



    I have a Burnham V-74 in my house. I change the filters & vac the unit when it shuts down. That's usually every 4 - 5 years. That's the only time I touch the filters.



    When I open it it has a little soot, but not too bad. I consistently burn between 650 and 700 gallons a year in a 2100 sq ft house, heat and hot water.
  • Patchogue Phil_2
    Patchogue Phil_2 Member Posts: 304
    Not a 2000

    It's a New Yorker boiler S-118-AP.   Garber filter is at the burner,  between the Firomatic valve and the Beckett.  No filter at the tank located inside the garage.



    BTW,  changed the filter.  Found some "snerf grunge" buildup inside the inlet of the filter housing.  Blewout the line back to the tank.  Fired right up in a few seconds of airpurge.  Gauge reads about 2.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,712
    Always Flush

    After you clear an oil line or just change a filter its good practice to let it flow / flush into a slop can until oil is clear before installing the new filter ....
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • OilsBetter
    OilsBetter Member Posts: 14
    I agree with Big Ed

    especially with a garber. Those things filter so well they plug up faster than your standard rf-1 or rf-4.
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